Last year my son and my dad made a gingerbread house for fun and this year they cemented it as a tradition for years to come. It’s so important to have traditions and special events only for certain special people in your children’s lives. I am not surprised at all that I was exiled upstairs to nurse and have some alone time with my daughter while he made the house with my parents. I didn’t mind one bit. I hope your holiday season is filled with special events likes these.
You will need an over excited child, a more than willing to let said child eat far too much candy grandparent and another lenient grand parent to take the photos. Oh and a pre made ginger bread house, and extra candies that were suppose to be for the house but you suspect may just be for your kid.
Before they cracked open the house I put my son to work sorting the chocolate rocks for the path, and after they were done decorating my dad commented on how when he started a pattern with the candies my son kept it going. There was learning in this activity for sure , not to mention fire motor exercise too picking up and placing the candies. Honestly though I couldn’t care less about the learning because that is not what this activity was about. It was about strengthening family bonds, creating tradition and making memories that will last longer than any craft or project, even cool ones with glitter.